OUT OF THIS WORLD

Words and music by Roger Coghill

Verse 1

I know a room in heaven where the jazz musicians go

Who’ve died too young to consummate their dreams

Where Clifford Brown can solo to the tunes of Tubby Hayes

And the rhythm section changes to accommodate their themes.


Verse 2

Too soon they went, like Mozart did, but left us with such tones,

Such blissful songs that time will not forget.

Sublimely fine performances on life’s too brief a stage.

Their past becomes our future, we still hear them clearly yet.


Chorus 1

Django Rheinhart, Charlie Parker,

Robert Johnson, John Coltrane

Fats Navarro, Otis Redding

Jimmy Hendrix, Lady Day.

When Heaven’s gate is open,

And angels’ wings unfurled

You’ll hear them all still playing

Out of this world.


Verse 3

The nextdoor room is also filled with music, but the sounds

Are classical and stately measured themes:

Quartets with Palestrina, Chopin, Bizet, and Purcell,

From tender souls who died too young, and left behind their dreams.

Chorus 2

Verse 4

Can you imagine orchestras where these musicians play?

An everlasting concert waits us all,

With an audience of angels, for all eternity,

When we buy the final ticket of life’s Music Festival.




Chorus 2

Weber, Mendelssohn, Bellini,

Mozart, Butterworth, Cobain

Boulanger and Pergolesi,

Schubert, Gershwin, and Alain.

When Heaven’s gate is open,

And angels’ wings unfurled

You’ll hear them all still playing

Out of this world.


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